Argh – I have neglected my blog. I feel bad about this as I was so passionate about keeping it up to date for so long. I think the problem is two fold…
- I was playing catch up, telling our story room by room with historical photos and tales. Now I am in essence updating in real time so have much less to work with.
- The changes we are making now are much less seismic. We are even re-renovating things we renovated when we first moved in.
But just to get you all up to speed on progress – here are some pics from this summer. A summer where we were visitor free for the first time since we bought the house so in theory we should have had loads more time. Our first project was to redecorate the kitchen.
Here is how our kitchen looked when we first bought the house, complete with Flintstones grotto..
And here is how it looked once we’d painted and added in a kitchen.
But this summer we decided to give it an overhaul. It was the first thing we decorated when we moved in and as such it was looking a bit tired. And I’d also tired of the Overtly Olive walls that we’d plumped for when we first moved in.
So I headed to B&Q and bought myself many tubs of Valspar Smoky Lashes and some Dulux Egyptian Cotton. And voila – add in a metal sign we found in a Vide Grenier and we have a brand new kitchen. The ceiling still needs to be painted but we both feel a it sick at the prospect of forty or more in between beam sections.
Next visit I am replacing the floor but may stick with a black and white theme as it feels like part of the house.
And I simply can’t part with the ‘ugly chair’ I bought after a fight with a woman in IKEA’s bargain corner. It was one of the first things we got when we bought the house and just needed anything to sit on. It has housed the bum of all our guests who sit in front of the fire checking their emails or reading a book and despite stains, burn holes and general wear and tear, I think it has to stay.
I also have a French house but it is in Provence. It is a lot of fun but takes time, hard work and money to get a second home into shape. It is especially hard to get the workmen to come and when they are finally available, I am in California.
Your kitchen is looking great! It must be a pleasure to cook in it.
The French house looks amazing and I stopped by to see if you and the family were spending Christmas there?
Hi Sue – we are here – when did you come? X
Oh apologies oops, I meant stopped by your blog. We were in the Pyrenees at Christmas doing a spot of skiing at La Mongie. My nephew has a house near Marciac but we didn’t pop in this year. Hope to be there for the Jazz festival this summer again😉
We were there – what a shame we must have missed you! Did you find our house then??
How lucky to stumble across your blog at this point of the renovation/story. Even though I am not of the must-have-it-now generation I did rather like not having to wait to see the next episode. You and your husband have shown great dedication to your project – but, I completely understand that. So, well done!
Thank you for taking the time to look and so pleased you enjoyed. X